Potentate’s Notes January 2022

As you read this, our new Potentate will have just been in­stalled. Please welcome Illustrious Ty Stout when you see him. He has been highlighted by Imperial as one of our young, up and coming leaders. This year holds a lot of exciting events for you to all enjoy, but I want to highlight the upcoming Shriner-versary in February. It isn’t often that you get to cel­ebrate 100 years of anything, let alone our philanthropy. Add to that 150 years of our fraternity and you get a heck of a cel­ebration. Tickets are very limited, so please call the office and order now.

We had a very enjoyable installation for the 2022 Divan of­ficers, and we are excited to welcome Jay Stewart as our newest Second Ceremonial. Jay has served as a Grand Lodge appointed District Education Officer, Worshipful Master and Secretary of his lodge. He will be a great asset to our organi­zation, so if you see him please get to know him.

As always, the New Year’s party was a blast. Everyone had a great time and it’s always fun to see new faces. If you haven’t been to one of these parties yet, please keep that in mind for upcoming celebrations. Nobody has fun like Shriners have fun.

It has been great to wrap up this year and I am happy to re­port we welcomed several new Shriners to our Temple. We also did a lot of fund-raising with our golf outing, tabloid sales and Sportsmen’s Raffle. We successfully contributed to our hospitals and even committed to Naming Rights for Ohio and assisted in funding a new C-arm for Chicago.

It has been great to see the activity increasing throughout the year as we recovered from the pandemic, and I hope all of you will remain active and enthusiastic about the upcoming year’s activities, events and ceremonials.

Congratulations to all the Divan for your recent election. I wish you all a successful year!

Potentate’s Notes December 2021

Thank you all for an amazing year! As we wrap up our major activities for the year, I have to say it has been wonderful, ex­hausting and worth it. I have become better friends with many of you, and learned more about what our members want from their Shrine. We have an inclusive, fun and innovative Shrine that cher­ishes it’s history and welcomes new ideas and opportunities.

A big thank you to Mike and Pam Ray, who headed up our Children’s Christmas Party. As always, they made it a great suc­cess and our surprise Santa was a big hit. Thank you to all the units and clubs that contributed to make that happen.

Our circus also finished up late last month and it was wonder­ful to see all the smiling faces again. A big thank you to all the volunteers who filled the gaps and made this a success. Thank you to our Circus Director, Illustrious Denny Gable, and the com­mittee that organizes all of this. We could not do it without all of you. Everyone from our Clowns to the Dramatic Cast made the event a success.

Our Membership Director Steve Hessler, our amazing Dra­matic Cast, my wonderful wife, Heather, and all of you who rec­ommended the candidates who came to the fall ceremonial represented our Shrine well. I can’t thank enough of you for the programs, events and ritual you put on November 13, for the cer­emonial. Pit Masters, thank you for lunch. Noble Hessler and Heather, thank you for contacting each candidate and getting them there. Dramatic Cast, the members of attending lodges were so impressed that there was no prompting and the program flowed. Dick Fries, thank you for setting up, organizing and help­ing our candidates during the lunch and afterwards. Heather, thank you for contacting the candidates’ families, creating the passport and providing an outstanding ladies program. Nobles of the units and clubs who came out to help with candidate contact, thank you for being great ambassadors for our Shrine. Our Shrine Family is exactly that, a Family, and a place where we can gather to enjoy each other and our loved ones.

Please come out to our stated annual meeting and vote for our upcoming Divan next year. Your Divan board is an outstanding group of hardworking Nobles who put their heart and sweat into making your Shrine great. Please support them in the upcoming year and help them in putting on great events and community out­reach.

I am looking forward to joining you in the chairs, enjoying a beverage while the Divan lead the meeting and heckling them like the rest of you. Thank you again for an amazing experience. I have loved this opportunity and look forward to the years ahead with all of you.